English tenor Jeremy Ovenden is acknowledged as one of the world's finest interpreters of Mozart who has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Biondi, Ivor Bolton, Myung-Whun Chung, Alessandro De Marchi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle and many other leading interpreters.
Recent projects comprise Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with Fabio Biondi in Eisenstadt and a concert version of Handel’s Theodora at the Wiener Konzerthaus along with Jonathan Cohen and his ensemble Arcangelo, whereas Jeremy’s last opera engagements were focused on the title role of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with two new productions at Theater an der Wien and Opéra de Rennes. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, almost all of his already scheduled projects of the season 2020/2021 have been cancelled until further notice, including Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with René Jacobs at the Musikfest Bremen, Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Handel’s Messiah with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Vladimir Jurowski. Furthermore, Jeremy would have appeared as Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada.
During the current season, Jeremy Ovenden will return to Madrid’s Teatro Real for a new production of Handel’s Partenope directed by Christopher Alden, followed by the title role of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in Nantes and Angers. On the concert stage, his engagements include Handel's Messiah at the Wiener Musikverein, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid as well as Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Further concert highlights include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Philippe Herreweghe and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Zaide with the Munich Radio Orchestra and Rinaldo Alessandrini, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Stavanger and Bergen, Mozart’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Bernard Labadie as well as the title role of Idomeneo for Teatro Real Madrid. Jeremy has also appeared in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, as Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and in St John Passion with the WDR Sinfonieorchester. In addition, he sang the tenor arias in Bach‘s St Matthew Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Ivor Bolton.
Jeremy has performed Britten’s Serenade and War Requiem with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem at the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC Proms with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Haydn’s The Seasons with the London Symphony Orchestra and the late Sir Colin Davis, with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Andrew Manze, the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh as well as with Sir Simon Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. He sang in Handel’s Messiah with the Chicago and St Louis Symphony Orchestras under Bernard Labadie, his further concert repertoire including works such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Berlioz’s L'enfance du Christ or Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.
On the opera stage, Jeremy sang Mozart’s Lucio Silla for La Monnaie in Brussels, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at the Edinburgh Festival and the Staatsoper Berlin, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper and in Aix-en-Provence, and Tito in La clemenza di Tito for both Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse and Teatro Real Madrid. Further appearances include Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and the title role in L‘Orfeo; Bajazet in Handel’s Tamerlano; Tigrane in Radamisto; Grimoaldo in Rodelinda and Jupiter in Semele, as well as Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. he has been invited to sing the title role of Idomeneo by leading international theatres and festivals such as Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real de Madrid and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.
Jeremy’s extensive discography includes Bach’s St Mark Passion and St John Passion and Cantatas; Handel’s Saul; Haydn’s The Seasons and The Creation; Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione; La Betulia liberata; La finta semplice; L'oca del Cairo and Lo sposo deluso. His solo album of Mozart arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by Jonathan Cohen prompted David Carins of “The Sunday Times” to comment: “Ovenden’s attractive, bright tenor…his rhythm, diction and easy flexibility of voice are exemplary”.
Jeremy Ovenden studied with Norman Bailey and Neil Mackie at The Royal College of Music, London and privately with Nicolai Gedda.
2021 | 2022
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Joseph Haydn: The Seasons
Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams
Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort & Players | National Forum of Music Choir
Conductor: Paul McCreesh
Label: NFM / Signum | 2017
Georg Friedrich Händel: Saul
Rosemary Joshua, Emma Bell, Lawrence Zazzo, Jeremy Ovenden, Michael Slattery, Finnur Bjarnason, Henry Waddington, Gidon Saks
Concerto Köln | RIAS Kammerchor
Conductor: René Jacobs
Label: Harmonia Mundi | 2015
Georg Friedrich Händel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Gillian Webster, Laurence Kilsby, Jeremy Ovenden, Peter Harvey, Ashley Riches, William Whitehead
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Conductor: Paul McCreesh
Label: Signum | 2015
Joseph Haydn: The Creation
Sarah Tynan, Jeremy Ovenden, Matthew Brook
Handel and Haydn Society
Conductor: Harry Christophers
Label: Coro | 2015